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West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition Box Set [Blu-ray] (1961)

Natalie Wood , George Chakiris , Jerome Robbins , Robert Wise  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno
  • Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
  • Writers: Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, Ernest Lehman, William Shakespeare
  • Producers: Robert Wise, Saul Chaplin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (808 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005BDZQKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,162 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition Box Set [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1: West Side Story Remastered in 1080p Hi-Def with 7.1 DTS-HD Sound

Pow! The Dances of West Side Story In-Movie Viewing Mode
Song-Specific Commentary by Stephen Sondheim
Music Machine

Disc 2: Blu-ray Additional Special Features

A Place for Us: West Side Story s Legacy
Creation and Innovation
A Timeless Vision
West Side Memories
Storyboard-to-Film Comparison Montage

Disc 3: DVD

West Side Story Digitally Restored in
Standard Definition
Music Machine

Disc 4: Tribute CD: Songs and Music

8 covers from West Side Story from top performers including Julie Andrews, Tuck & Patti, Gloria Estefan, and much more!

50th Anniversary Collectibles:

Hardcover Book Includes Rare Photos and Foreward by Producer Walter Mirisch
Theatrical Posters from Around the World in 10 Collectible Postcards

Editorial Reviews

The greatest love story ever told...in the most acclaimed musical of all time...on Blu-ray! Experience every sensational song, dazzling dance number and magical movie moment of West Side Story in sparkling high definition with pure 7.1 digital sound - along with fascinating special features created exclusively for this 50th Anniversary Edition! Winner of ten Academy Awardsr, including Best Picture, this electrifying musical sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in 1950s New York. Featuring an unforgettable score, exuberant choreography and powerful performances by Natalie Wood, Russ Tamblyn, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris,West Side Story will forever resonate as a true cinematic masterpiece.

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5.0 out of 5 stars WEST SIDE STORY Impresses April 3, 2003
Format:DVD
Wow. What a great DVD.
The one hour documentary featuring interviews with some of the cast, Robert Wise, Harold Prince, Sondheim, and some key crew members is completely engrossing. Home movie footage showing the filming of the movie is included. Examples of the techniques that the movie makers used to film a musical are fascinating. I was amazed that the knife scene, for example, is COMPLETELY counted out and the actor/dancers' movements were choreographed down to the second (breath, two, three, four; stab, two three; look, two, three, four). Incredible! Rita Morena is particularly informative regarding the dubbing of her song "A Boy Like That". The Robbins/Wise codirecting of the film is explained. And some of Natalie Wood's original vocals are included. The documentary is invaluable for fans of the film.
As for the film itself, it looks and sounds incredible on my widescreen HDTV. The anamorphic transfer is very good.
The DVD is packaged very well. The book which accompanies the set is very cool, with a great introduction by screenwriter Ernest Lehman (who is one of my movie heros).
I'm very impressed with this special edition of WEST SIDE STORY. The film is a classic, and deserves such treatment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE Musical, As It Should Be Presented December 14, 2004
Format:DVD
"West Side Story" is proof that the sum of its parts can not only be greater than the whole, but possibly be the greatest!

Little known writer in Elizabethian England pens a drama about two star-crossed lovers. Flash ahead to the turbulent streets of New York in the late 1950s and early 60s. Turn feuding families to rival gangs. Add music, choreography, make it vital. Then find a brilliant director who knows what to show, and watch as it takes home every Oscar it can.

We know the story of this film but what's important for you to know about here are the extras you get in this package that make it worth your while: The first disc is the film, preserved perfectly. And the second disc has your special features.

First, you get a great documentary on the making of the film. Titled "West Side Memories," Principals like Sondheim, Moreno, Chakiris, Beymer and more sit before the cameras and explain the process of preparing and executing what could be the finest example of the Hollywood Musical, ever. It's a piece that's could have been a stand alone DVD, it's so rich with insights.

You also get an interesting "Storyboard to Film" montage, where you see the artist's renderings of the scenes, and how those shots looked when they appeared in the film. You get to study these storyboards more carefully in several galleries on the disc. Lots of other goodies, like the theatrical trailers and photos galore... everything from Jerome Robbins's cattle call for dancers to location shots during production!
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BAD BLU RAY MANUFACTURE November 10, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
There are known issues on this blu ray release. The studio says it will fix the problems ONLY in future manufacturing. Don't buy this one right away. It's a great film and it's opening moments were accidentally mutilated by the blu ray mfr. I am surprised a mass distributor like Amazon is moving forward and shipping this bad pressing.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING MOVIE MUSICALS EVER! April 1, 2003
By Nix Pix
Format:DVD
When "West Side Story" hit the Broadway stage it must have shocked theater critics. A balletic musical about street gangs and murder, with such an emotional swell built in, that even the most hardened cynics must have left the show dewey-eyed and humming the Leonard Berstein score. The film created nothing less than an international craze and garnered an unprecidented 10 Oscars - the most of any musical.
PLOT: In a nut shell, this is Romeo and Juliet in the ghetto. Natilie Wood (dubbed by Marni Nixon) is Maria; poor, Puertorican and in love with Richard Beymer (Tony). But her brother, Bernardo (George Chakaris) and his girlfriend, Anita (Rita Moreno) don't approve. If you know your Shakespeare, you know how this one ends. The difference here are the songs, so electric and outstanding that they easily steal the show. Try listening to "America" or "I Feel Pretty" without tapping your toes or "One Hand, One Heart" without getting goose-bumps. It's impossible.
MGM gives us some nice packaging and some extras but let's state the obvious first: this transfer is identical to the one previously issued on DVD. Having said that, the transfer is quite good, with a rich bold color scheme and fair solid blacks. But there are cases where edge enhancement is present and quite obtrusive. There's also a lot of pixelization in the backgrounds.
Certain scenes appear slightly out of focus, while others are so sharp that even with your televsion sharpness turned to zero, the image is rather hard to look at on the screen.
The soundtrack is very strident. Songs are presented at an explosive listening level that really rocks the house. But other bits of dialogue are soft or muffled. Some of the songs have a grating high pitch to them that really strains the ear.
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West Side Story - Years and Years Ago, When I was young....
You do know that Natalie Wood's voice was "demolish"-ed by Marni Nixon? ;)
May 10, 2012 by Redspider |  See all 2 posts
Do ALL the 50th Anniversary Edition Box Sets have the "bad" disc
Yes, I would think they all have the errors considering they had a disc exchange and actually put out a new 2 disc version with the corrected problems. If I'm not mistaken they will do an exchange for your "bad" disc so you will eventually have a corrected deluxe edition. I know, I sent... Read More
Oct 6, 2012 by John Graham |  See all 2 posts
West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition Box Set Region Free??
I've seen reports in the UK that it the BluRay in the 4 disk set is Region Free but I am reluctant to order it until I know for certain.

Can anyone confirm if the BluRay is indeed region free (says region A on Amazon but often region free disks state they are regional when they are not)?
May 10, 2012 by Carol Haynes |  See all 3 posts
West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Box Set Cheaper at Best Buy!
Yep, way to go Jonathan. I passed up the Gold Box deal but when I saw the Best Buy deal it was a no brainer. I had some reward points to cash in as well so there was an extra $5 dollars off. Net-Net, and Win-Win! (And it was delivered today to boot!)
May 17, 2012 by R. Flores |  See all 4 posts
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